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On This Day in History - January 27, 2014

First Issue of the National Geographic - Printed 1888
On this day in America in 1967, a fire broke out during a test on the Apollo I space craft, killing astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward White, and Roger Chaffee. Also on this day in America in 2006, it was the end of the telegram, with the last telegram being delivered by Western Union. Also on this day in American history in 1900, American Admiral and father of the atomic sumbarine and the nuclear navy, Hyman Rickover was born in Makow Mazowiecki, Poland. Lastly on this day in America in 1888, the National Geographic Society was founded in Washington D.C. by 33 men; including geographers, explorers, teachers, lawyers, cartographers, military officers, and financiers.

On this day in Canada in 1859, George-Etienne Cartier proclaims Ottawa the official capital of the Canadas; lobbying hard as co-premier against other front runners such as Kingston, Toronto and Montreal, because it was a place that both the French and English could feel at home.

"A people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."
                                                                                                                      - Marcus Garvey
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